City of Colorado Springs/Mountain Metropolitan Transit
Bike to Work Day Breakfast at Acacia Park in 2014.
The sun has come out of hibernation, and most cyclists are eager to get back in the saddle.
But there are a couple good reasons to take quick breaks from the bike this week. For one thing, the last two meetings for the Colorado Springs Bike Master Plan
happen Wednesday and Thursday. If you want to give input on a plan that will shape our cycling infrastructure until 2025, this is your chance.
Second, the city has announced Bike to Work Day registration
. The event is a lot of fun, but it's also a great way to show that Colorado Springs is a bike-friendly city. For instance, participation in this event is one of the things that the League of American Bicyclists looks at when it's rating our city.
So make a little time this week for both the meetings and the registration if you can. The information on both is below:
REMINDER: Final two Bike Master Plan workshops happening this week
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo — The two final bike master planning workshops to discuss the proposed update to the Colorado Springs Bike Master Plan are underway this week. The Bicycle Master Plan sets a vision for the year 2025 and will help shape the future of bicycling in Colorado Springs and the City of Colorado Springs is asking for public input.
The Bike Master Plan will build upon the Regional Non-motorized Plan efforts and develop a path to transform Colorado Springs into a community that allows for motorists and cyclists to safely share the road. Over the course of 2014, City staff and its regional partners worked with the community to develop a new Bicycle Master Plan for Colorado Springs and are seeking input on the plan’s vision and prioritization of bicycle routes in the city.
Please join us at one of the following workshops to discuss the Bike Master Plan update and the upcoming process. Both workshops begin at 6:00 p.m.:
1175 Chapel Hills Drive
2190 Jet Wing Drive
Participants will hear a short presentation on the Bike Master Plan and recent bicycling initiatives in Colorado Springs. Attendees will then work in small groups to provide input on the vision for a bicycle friendly community and to provide additional inputs on the top bicycle routes in Colorado Springs.
The Bicycle Master Plan integrates existing city plans, best practices and innovative thinking, and proposes a comprehensive set of strategies to create a safe and comfortable bicycling environment for people of all ages. The Plan includes several appendices with details pertaining to existing conditions, public education, existing bicycle programs, bicycle facility design and wayfinding guidelines and implementation details.
Colorado Springs is home to an active and vibrant bicycling community. With more than 100 miles of on-street bicycle routes, nearly 120 miles of urban bike trails and more than 60 miles of unpaved mountain bike trails, our city is committed to ensuring that biking is a convenience, safe and connected form of transportation and recreation. Colorado Springs is rated #45 in the Top 50 Bicycle Friendly Cities in America by the League of American Bicyclists. Colorado Springs was recently recognized in the American Community Survey (ACS) as #38 for the nation’s fastest growing cities for bicycle commuting and is funded in part by a self-imposed bicycle excise tax to fund bikeway improvement within the City of Colorado Springs. For more information about bicycling programs, mobile-friendly bike racks, safety information and a map of bike lanes around the city visit www.coloradosprings.gov/bike.
Mountain Metro Rides
22nd Annual Bike to Work Day Event Registration is Now Open!
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.— Mountain Metro Rides, a division of Mountain Metropolitan Transit, organizes Bike to Work Day each June to encourage bicycling for personal and community health, alternative transportation, recreation and sustainability. This year marks the 22nd anniversary for Metro Rides Bike to Work Day and the event will be held on Wednesday, June 24 th. Registration is open sign up today!
New this year, Mountain Metro Rides and YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region are working together to provide more breakfast locations. Breakfast will be provided at:
• Central/Downtown: Acacia Park, 115 East Platte Avenue
• Central/East: Memorial Park Recreation Center YMCA, 280 S. Union Blvd.
• Southeast: Southeast & Armed Services YMCA, 2190 Jet Wing Dr.
• North/Central: Garden Ranch YMCA, 2380 Montebello Dr. West
• Northeast: Briargate YMCA, 4025 Family Place